Stanford Ready For UCLA, USC
April 3, 2001
STANFORD HEADS SOUTH FOR CRUCIAL PAC-10 MATCHES AT #1 UCLA, #21 USC: The Stanford University men's tennis team (12-1 overall, 2-0 Pacific-10 Conference) continues its quest for a fifth straight Pac-10 title when it visits #1 UCLA (16-0, 3-0) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and #21 USC (11-4, 1-2) on Saturday at noon ... Stanford tied for the Pac-10 title with the Bruins in both 1997 and '99, and edged UCLA by just one game for last year's conference crown (Stanford 7-0, UCLA 6-1) ... Stanford, which took two of three matches from UCLA last season, will be looking to avenge a 4-2 loss to the Bruins in the finals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships on February 18 in Seattle ... But prior to the matches in Southern California, the Cardinal puts its 63 match home winning streak on the line when it plays host to unranked Utah (8-9) on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium ... Including Wednesday's match, Stanford plays seven of its final nine matches on its home court.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford moved up one spot to #6 in the latest WingspanBank.com Collegiate Team Rankings (March 28) ... Stanford was #1 in the country from the preseason through Feb. 14, #2 from Feb. 21-March 14 and #7 from March 14-21 ... Before dropping to #2, the Cardinal had held the nation's top spot since April 12, 2000 ... In the latest ITA Individual Rankings (March 23), Stanford owns four of the top 100 spots in singles and three of the top 50 slots in doubles ... In fact, eight of the 10 players on Stanford's roster are nationally-ranked in singles and/or doubles ... In singles, defending NCAA Champion Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) is currently #3, followed by junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) at #19, sophomore David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) at #23 and sophomore Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) at #79 ... In doubles, Martin and fellow sophomore Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) are #5, while seniors Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) and Scotty Scott (Belvedere, CA/Pinewood School) are #15 and sophomores Haviland and Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's HS) are #49.
DUALLY NOTED: Stanford is 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference ... The Cardinal has won five in a row, with the victories coming by a combined score of 38-3 ... Last week, Stanford blanked #73 BYU 7-0 at home on Wednesday before posting weekend non-conference wins at #69 Arizona (5-2, Friday) and #28 Arizona State (6-1, Saturday) ... The Cardinal is 4-0 at home this season, 5-0 on the road and 3-1 at neutral sites ... Eleven of Stanford's 12 victories have come over ranked opponents, including a 4-0 win over now-#3 Duke (Feb. 17) and a 4-3 win at now-#9 Washington (Jan. 27) ... The Cardinal also finished second in the 16-team USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle on Feb. 15-18 ... The Cardinal advanced to the finals with successive 4-0 wins over Princeton, Florida and Duke before falling to now-#1 UCLA 4-2 in the championship match.
TOURNAMENT TALK: Stanford University has entered five tournaments during the 2000-01 school year, and walked away with at least one title in three of those events ... At the ITA Regional/Indoor Qualifier on Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Berkeley, junior K.J. Hippensteel won his second career singles title at the event, and sophomores Scott Lipsky and David Martin won their first career double title ... At the Sherwood Collegiate Cup on Jan. 13-15 in Thousand Oaks, seniors Ali Ansari and Scotty Scott won their first career doubles title and Ansari captured the consolation singles title ... At the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship (the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam) on Feb. 1-4 in Farmers Branch, Texas, Alex Kim won his first collegiate singles title since capturing the 2000 NCAA Singles Championship.
KIM'S KORNER: Senior Alex Kim is off to another impressive start this season as he bids to become the first Cardinal to ever win back-to-back NCAA Singles Championships ... The 2000 NCAA titlist is 14-2 this year, including a 9-2 record in dual competition ... He has won four straight matches - all in straight sets - and is ranked third in the nation ... Kim, who took the fall off to play professionally, also won the only tournament he entered this season ... He captured the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship (the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam) in Farmers Branch, Texas on Feb. 1-4 ... On his way to the title, Kim defeated four of the top 15 ranked players in the country, including a 6-7, (5), 6-3, 6-4 win over Oskar Johansson of Arkansas, who is currently the top-ranked player in the country, in the final ... The title was the fourth of Kim's illustrious Stanford career, and second ITA Grand Slam crown ... Last year, Kim put his name alongside such Stanford notables as John McEnroe (1978) and Tim Mayotte (1981) when he became the 13th player in school history to win the NCAA Singles Championship ... Kim's six NCAA Tournament victories gave him a final singles mark of 48-7, which set a new school single season record for victories ... The Potomac, Maryland native's career overall record is 121-22 (.846 winning percentage), including a 68-11 (.861) mark in duals.
HIPPENSTEEL HAPPENINGS: Junior K.J. Hippensteel continues to establish himself as one of the top singles players in the nation ... The Roanoke, Virginia native, who teamed with Ryan Wolters to win the 1999 NCAA Doubles Championship and was a semifinalist at last year's NCAA Singles Championship, is 20-3 in singles this season ... He has won 10 straight singles matches dating back to Feb. 10 - nine of them in straight sets and four over nationally-ranked opponents ... Hippensteel is 11-1 in duals this season, 7-1 against nationally-ranked opponents and 9-1 against Pac-10 competition ... He also won the singles title at the ITA Regional/Indoor Qualifier in November by dropping only 25 games in his six victories to claim his third career singles crown ... Hippensteel's collegiate singles record currently stands at 77-18 (.811 winning percentage), including a 38-7 (.844) dual mark.